The Barclay Place (1975) by Rae Foley

The Barclay Place by Rae Foley

6 stars (6/10 stars)

It’s beautiful, isn’t it? At least when you can forget what happened here.”

After three years in Europe, Maggie Barclay is coming home. She has decided that it’s time to face reality. To do that, she must return to the family home in Barclaysville where her parents died, one of two identical houses deep in the snowy woods. Maggie has always believed her parents’ deaths were a tragic accident. Now she’s not so sure—the closer she gets to Barclaysville, the more “accidents” she herself experiences. They say you can’t go home again, and someone seems determined that Maggie never will. Continue reading “The Barclay Place (1975) by Rae Foley”

The Hundredth Door (1950) by Rae Foley

The Hundredth Door by Rae Foley

6 stars (6/10 stars)

“Are you aware that people usually feel that asking me anywhere is tantamount to an invitation to murder? At least, they seem to want me when murder is in the air.”

Meredith McGrath doesn’t remember her mother. That’s because she and her lover were executed for murder when Meredith was only three years old. The victim was Meredith’s father. Eighteen years later, she is excited to finally experience her first Christmas with her father’s family, but it’s been a long, dangerous journey to the family lodge in the Adirondacks.

A strange man on the train seems to know exactly who Meredith is, and where she’s headed. “Neither of us, Miss McGrath, has friends where we are going.” Hours later, he is murdered just outside her berth, but the body vanishes, leaving only a bloodstain behind. Meredith soon learns that the stranger is right about the McGrath household—she finds few friends there, and at least one very determined enemy. Christmas day is Meredith’s twenty-first birthday. It may also be the last day of her life. Continue reading “The Hundredth Door (1950) by Rae Foley”

No Tears for the Dead (1948) by Rae Foley

Book cover of No Tears for the Dead by Rae Foley (1948)

6 stars (6/10 stars)

Be very careful, young man. I am going to give you some advice. You came here looking for peace but you won’t find it.”

It was a commonplace murder, a small-time private detective shot to death in his office. The kind of killing that doesn’t make the front page. It’s only by pure chance that Alan Scott sees the brief article, just as it was pure chance that he shared a restaurant table with the detective only the night before. The victim was a nice guy, worried about the case he was working on.

After his war service, Alan has had enough of killing. Maybe that’s why he takes up the case himself. All he knows is that someone is in danger at the Pilgrim Inn in rural Connecticut. Can he prevent another murder, or is it already too late? Continue reading “No Tears for the Dead (1948) by Rae Foley”